Paul McDonald Calvo

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The Honorable
Paul McDonald Calvo
Ronald Reagan and Paul McDonald Calvo.jpg
Ronald Reagan and Calvo
in the Oval Office in 1981
3rd Governor of Guam
In office
January 1, 1979 – January 3, 1983
Lieutenant Joseph Franklin Ada
Preceded by Ricardo Bordallo
Succeeded by Ricardo Bordallo
Senator of the 11th, and 12th Guam Legislature
In office
January 4, 1971 – January 6, 1975
Personal details
Born (1934-07-25) July 25, 1934 (age 82)
Agana, Guam, U.S.
Political party Republican Party of Guam
Spouse(s) Rosa Herrero Baza
Children Vera Calvo-Garces
Katherine Calvo-Sgro
Paul Anthony Calvo, Jr.
Eddie Calvo
Barbara Calvo-Damron
Marie Calvo-Benito
Reyna Calvo
Clare Calvo
Alma mater Santa Clara University
Profession Politician, businessman

Paul McDonald Calvo (born July 25, 1934) is an Guamanian politician. He was the third elected Governor of Guam from 1979 to 1983.

Early life[edit]

Calvo was born in Agana, Guam, U.S, and is the eldest son of Eduardo "Jake" Torres Calvo (1909–1963) and Veronica Mariano McDonald (1913–2009). His only two brothers and two sisters-in-law are Edward (1936–2004), Thomas (1940–2015), Frances Matias Calvo & Rosario Castro Calvo. His paternal grandparents were Attorney Don Tomas Anderson Calvo and Doña Regina Martinez Torres. His maternal grandparents were John Francis McDonald and Dolores Mariano. He attended George Washington High School in Guam. He then attended the Peacock Military Academy and Santa Clara University.

Political career[edit]

He embarked on a business career in his family's insurance company in 1958, and entered politics during the 1960s as a member of the Republican Party. He was elected as a senator in the Legislature of Guam in 1965, and during his three terms in the body served as chair of the government Committee on Finance and Taxation and parliamentary leader of the Republican Party. Calvo was elected governor in 1978, and served until 1982.[1]

Calvo-Palomo Campaign (1974)[edit]

Calvo teamed up with Senator Tony Palomo to challenge the incumbents, Gov. Carlos Camacho and Lt. Gov. Kurt Moylan. The Calvo-Palomo ticket’s attacks on the administration included charges of corruption and favoritism, and the primary election was so close – Camacho-Moylan won by only 261 votes – that Calvo-Palomo decided to run as a write-in team for the general election. While Calvo-Palomo lost in the general election, they forced a runoff election to be held between Camacho-Moylan and the Democratic team of Ricardo J. Bordallo and Rudy Sablan. Camacho-Moylan lost the runoff, and afterward Carlos Camacho retired from politics and gave control of the Republican Party to Calvo.

Governorship (1979–1983)[edit]

During his first year as governor, Calvo reduced the government of Guam’s deficit by $27 million, but the deficit continued to climb for the rest of his term due mainly to long-standing problems with tax collections.

Guam’s economy began to regain health under Calvo’s administration, as he sought to attract new businesses to Guam, including a tuna-fishing fleet, a garment manufacturer, and hotel construction. Visitor arrivals also registered sharp increases.

But Calvo’s term as governor was marred by the teacher’s strike of 1981, which lasted many months and caused deep divisions in Guam’s education system. He lost to Bordallo-Reyes Campaign in the 1982 election and decided to retire from politics. Although he has never run for office since, Calvo remains strongly influential in Republican politics, as its senior statesman, and his son Eddie Baza Calvo was one of the most popular senators in I Liheslaturan Guåhan/the Guam Legislature and was elected governor of Guam in 2009 along with running mate Ray Tenorio.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Rosa Herrero Baza and had eight children:

  • Vera Calvo-Garces, married to Fabian Garces.
  • Kathrine "Kathy" Calvo-Sgro, married to Peter "Pete" Sgro, Jr.
  • Paul Anthony Calvo, Jr., married to Shelly V. Calvo.
  • Edward J.B. Calvo (b. August 29, 1961), married to Christine Lujan Sonido
  • Barbara Calvo-Damron, married to Mark Damron.
  • Marie Calvo-Benito, married to Michael "Mike" Benito.
  • Reyna Calvo
  • Clare Calvo

He has 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren:

  • Pablo Garces
  • Fabian Garces
  • Julia Garces French
  • Christopher Sgro (Ricardo, Natalia)
  • Matthew Sgro
  • Katarina Sgro
  • Maria Sgro
  • Paul Daniel Calvo (Paul Mason, Paulo)
  • Mason Calvo
  • Brittany Calvo
  • Danny Calvo (Thomas)
  • Eddie Calvo (Sabian)
  • Vinson Calvo (Eden Mason, Isaac)
  • Rosae Calvo
  • Paul Jerome Calvo
  • Melva Calvo
  • Celine Calvo
  • Matthew Damron (Camden)
  • Rose Damron
  • Aubrey Lyles (Bailey)
  • Alyssa Benito (Gabriel Luke, Mia)
  • Brianna Benito (Madison)
  • Jake Benito
  • Kenneth Paul Smith


  1. ^ Lal, Brij V.; Kate Fortune (2000). The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia (Illustrated ed.). University of Hawaii Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-8248-2265-1. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ricardo Bordallo
Governor of Guam
Succeeded by
Ricardo Bordallo
Party political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Camacho
Republican gubernatorial election
1978 (won)
1982 (lost)
Succeeded by
Joseph Franklin Ada